The Yankees finding ways to win without their top players, the Dodgers have tons of depth, Vlad Jr. makes his big league debut, and the Rays pitching continues to dominate the rest of the league as we break it all down in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.
30. Miami Marlins, 8-21, last in the NL East (ranked 30th last week)
Still struggling to score runs, pitching unreliable, veteran hitters like Castro and Granderson will have their moments due to the caliber of player they are, but this team can’t rely on them to carry their offense alone. Lack of patience at the plate, dead last in walks as a team, the Marlins also just optioned down OF Lewis Brinson – the main piece they got back in the Christian Yelich deal. And while this team ins rebuilding, Miami’s few players in the longterm plan aren’t doing much to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
29. Baltimore Orioles, 10-20, last in the AL East (ranked 29th last week)
After going 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Orioles are once again the worst team in the American League. Depending on the long ball to drive in most of their runs, on nights when the bats are right, the Orioles have the power to put double-digits on the scoreboard. But when they aren’t driving the ball out of the park, the Orioles struggle to get baserunners on in general, but they don’t have enough talented hitters to string together enough hits to score without hit homers. And their pitching has been awful as well, allowing teams to score over 6 runs per game, as nothing can seemingly go right for the Orioles.